CHEERS !

24 06 2012

Be of Good Cheer

Suppose along the way on our journey back to God; a lot of people begin to stop believing in God?

Suppose our journey has been filled with an abundance of: “One-too-many’s?” Perhaps there have been ‘one-too-many’ rude so-called religious-folk; perhaps one-too-many dysfunctional family situations; one-too-many ways to be taken for granted; or betrayed, excluded; criticized; polarized and simply unloved? Then what?

As a Biblical Counselor for a number of  years now, I have yet to have ‘seen-it-all’; especially since I haven’t met someone like the madman of Gadara (“My name is Legion, for we are manyMark 5:1-20)–not someone you would look forward to meeting  randomly, and it’s not very likely that he’d make an appointment with us. [Please know I’m being facetious here]

True, our counseling hasn’t come across such a walking-wounded child of God; however, I do know a very dear young woman who has experienced much of the above list of un-love for much of her life: She drinks.

Another dear person who has come into our ministry with a similar story of having seldom felt loved: He is angry and emotionally cloistered.

Some people shop; some eat; some have sexual marathons; some decide to perpetrate the same unloving behaviors onto others; thereby perpetuating the cycle of evil.

As we can see, it all gets messy and goes downhill rather quickly; however, most people in the clutches of this cycle of unloving, accept the self-inflicting wounds as relief.

Revisit Mark 5:1-20 and note that some very twenty-first century psychosis are being demonstrated: Cutting; terrorizing; bullying; vehement anger, etc. What’s the remedy? What is the antidote, the cure? We invite you to come have a drink.

Drink deeply, ever so deeply, again and again of the word of God. Let’s focus upon the words of our Savior and Friend, our Lord Jesus, the Christ [meaning: anointed One; (and) His anointing].

In fact, from now on, may we humbly suggest that every time you see the title, “Christ”, that you think: Anointed One (and) His anointing. In regular terms, it’s like saying: “The All-Powerful/All-Able One and His All-Powerful potential toward you and me.” Jesus’ antidote for the evils of this world-system is highlighted in John 16:33b (NKJV) “…Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

However, understand that the next time you hear this Scripture quoted; it is a concluding portion of a much larger statement. This is a statement delivered (in fact) to Believer’s and not to unbeliever’s, who have a whole ‘other’ issue; just as a High School Senior has whole ‘other’ issues differing from a drop-out.

So then, Jesus’ concluding statement: “..Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” is like the dessert within a full-course meal. However, the main course precedes dessert, as when He said:  33  “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Note: “In the world you will have tribulation…” (i.e., sorrow, trials, challenges, persecutions and/or grief). Primary to Jesus’ statement is His open, and non-expiring invitation and statement of fact: “…in Me you may have peace.” The qualifier  ‘may’ shows that we have a choice, a decision; so indeed this is part of an invitation and not a dictation.

We shine the Light on this fact: We can choose Jesus and turn our back on the un-loving sorrows, trials, persecutions, and challenges of this world-system. We can rest in the knowledge that Jesus knows all about it (first-hand); we are not alone in the world; we are not abandoned, orphaned or without hope.

So too, we can choose to realize, count upon; lean into and rest ourselves in knowing that even the crass chaos of our life, here on planet earth has not escaped the nail-scarred hands of our Lord and Savior; The Christ.

BUT: We’ve got to stop self-managing and simply submit ourselves to Him; give ‘it‘ to Him. That is easier said then done, right? Perhaps things are only as hard as we make them? Please review the fact that the first thing ‘Legion’ does in Mark 5, verse 6: “When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him.”

Exercise: For 7 days, stop recalling “the problem” and focus upon the solution. Jesus is the solution for every problem. See Him in your heart through the word of God, right there in your Holy Bible. Run to Him in your heart; fall upon your knee’s literally and spiritually… worship Him.

This is our first step as Believer’s [not denominationalism, not religious, but believer’s] in the One true, Triune God; the “I AM”; Who is our answer to all of life’s many questions; which  are always found, “under-the-Son,” in Christ.

Homework~For a good time, read: John 16 (all) and Mark 5 (all) then please share with us how the exercise suggested above has made a difference in your life.

Be Blessed!  

Image credits: CBS Television, Cheers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheers





HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

16 06 2012

Save Me A Dance

To the Father I can’t remember…

To the face I never traced…

To the young immigrant from Jamaica,

To the man who  fell in love with the long-legged, pretty woman with the knock-out smile (Mommy),

To the faithful man who toted a U.S. Mail sack in heat and cold and dark of night…

 

To the handsome Guy that twirled me around to Calypso music before I could walk,

To the forty-year old who left us all much too soon.

Thanks for loving Mommy and Me…

Save me a dance… God Bless… Happy Father’s Day

“C”

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The Dove and The Holy Spirit

16 06 2012
Holy Spirit Dove

The Holy Spirit Dove

Ever wonder why the Holy Spirit is always symbolized as a Dove? Here are some interesting points to ponder:

  • A dove has 9 main feathers on each wing; powering its’ flight; keeping it lifted.
  • It is noted in Scripture that there are 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:7-10) and 9 Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)… ‘9 for each wing.’ The Gifts and Fruit keep us lifted for our Godly journey.
  • There are 5 main feathers of a doves tail.
  • The doves tail feathers are like the steering rudder of an airplane; assisting in guiding the dove in flight.
  •  The 5 main feathers are a perfect picture of the 5-Fold Ministry of the Church, listed in Ephesians 4:11-12. They are: Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Teacher and Evangelist.
  • The dove is unique from other birds in that instead of its wings pointing downward (toward its tail); the wings curl upward toward its head.
  • The Holy Spirit does not speak of Himself, but points believers to Christ; the Head of the Church.

*Special thanks to Ministers Perry Stone and Vance Havner for these wonderful insights.

Prayer: Father-God your beautiful creations, like the dove, point us to your greater glory and truth. May we always look only to you just as all creation glorifies Your Holy name. Amen

*How to Interpret Dreams & Visions: Understanding God’s Warnings and Guidance” by Perry Stone; Copyright 2011; Charisma House Books; Page 171   visit www.charismahouse.com





Jesus & Hypocrites

15 06 2012
The Mask

Masks of the Hypocrite

Hypocrite: From the Latin hupocrit s, meaning, to play-act or pretend; one who acts, or pretends to have certain beliefs, attitudes or feelings, but actually lives in contradiction to his/her stated beliefs. Some synonyms for hypocrite would be one who is a “dissembler”; which is a person who espouses (to champion, or advocate) divisions among a group while maintaining the very actions he/she is telling others ‘not’ to do; to be inauthentic; and in Christianity, to be an un-believer.

In the book of Luke 12:33-53, our Lord Jesus teaches us how to prevent becoming a hypocrite. HE begins by telling us to shed ourselves of honoring stuff above honoring God. He then goes on to give us practical advice on how to utilize the profits from selling off the ‘stuff’…By helping the poor; thereby helping our own soul become prepared to be an authentic child of God…clearing our decks to be filled with blessings of God.

Some of us have watched television programs about hoarding and hoarders. Jesus knew that this was a miserable life: To hold on to ‘things’; which is simply an outer indication of an inner struggle to hold on to debilitating, detrimental beliefs… hypocrite.

In ancient theatres the actors used to wear masks to project to the audience the feelings of the character being played; i.e., the villain, the hero, the beauty, etc.

Nowadays, we join groups, clubs and sadly, even certain churches to wear our masks and play our parts convincingly. We disassemble (kick out) anyone who doesn’t play their part the way it needs to fit within the ‘group.’

Getting disassembled (kicked-out) was perfectly alright with our Lord Jesus; you see the hypocrites kicked Him out too; so we are in good company. In fact, He said over and over throughout the New Testament that He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword and to set folks at opposition with one another. There are no bystanders; we must decide.

Jesus is the righteous Judge. At this point in history, we are being selected for jury duty: Set aside for the Master’s use. Trust me, when HE selects you; you probably won’t be popular any longer. If anyone out there understands what that is like; tell us your story.

In the meantime, read what Jesus told His Disciples (the disciplined ones) regarding this very topic in the books of: Matthew 10:34-36-42; John 7:43 as well as John 9:16; and Mark 13:12-13.

Just for fun: What if our Lord sang this song to all of us when the Hypocrites have kicked us out: http://youtu.be/TVFN4uHKR5Q?t=10s  the very fabulous voice of Astrud Gilberto; “Call Me” -Enjoy the lyrics.

*********For the remainder of June 2012, a portion of All Donations to TN Lighthouse will go to Disabled American Veterans (DAV)… Be sure to press the DONATE button anywhere on this site. Many thanks

Be Blessed!





The Thing About Uncle’s

14 06 2012
William E. Moore

William E. Moore
Husband, Father, Son and Soldier

There’s a wonderful relationship between a child and Uncle. You see, he isn’t your Father, but if you are as blessed as I was; he can be a mighty fine substitute if you need one.

This is a fond salute to my dear Uncle Bill who went home to the Lord Wednesday June 6, 2012. He is the last sibling of the “Magnificent Seven” children; inclusive of my lovely Mother.

I could tell you about his profession (Barber) and the many famous people on his client list (Muhammad Ali and Jersey-Joe Walcott) or his many travels; love of: sports, fishing, politics, a good joke, and ice cream; however, that doesn’t seem nearly enough to paint the whole picture.

That ‘whole picture’ is what is his gift for me… His niece… a treasure that I will keep in my heart and share over time with my loved ones.

In the meantime, it got me thinking about famous Uncle’s in the Bible: Uncle Abraham and his nephew, Lot; then there was Uncle Mordecai and his niece, Esther. Regarding the latter; Mordecai was actually her cousin; however, as it happens within my own family, when one is revered as elder and wiser the title of Uncle or Aunt is more a sign of respect than of actual lineage as seems the case between Esther and Mordecai.

There were numerous kinship’s listed in those long genealogies within the Bible: King David and his nephew Joab [II Samuel] and  even our Lord Jesus and his Uncle Joseph of Arimathea, who begged for the body of Jesus after the crucifixion and then allowed his nephews’ use of his very own tomb.

My Uncle Bill looked after my Mother and me as she succumbed to cancer. However, my favorite memory was that his Barbershop was near my school. Being an independent business man; he would stop barbering to drive me home when it was raining outside. He’d include all my crazy girlfriends from school too in those rides home… how he put up with all that teen chatter is a monument to his love and patience.

I’ll confess: I used to love those rainy days! Happy Father’s Day Uncle Bill.

Hug your Dad, hug your Uncle. Be Blessed!





Love and Selfishness

6 06 2012
Arm Wrestling

Power of Love

Love and Selfishness:

*The two most powerful forces on earth.

*Two forces diametrically opposed to one another.

*Two forces consistently battling one another for total domination.

*Each are the catalyst of dynamic results.

*Each stands available as choices every second of every day.

In the Bible, the book of James, chapter four (all) begins by asking us “Where do wars and fights come from among you?” James, the brother of our Lord Jesus is definitely not stuck for an answer. In fact, James gives us stinging detail throughout the next seventeen verses.

The Reverend Al Green made a popular song, ‘back-in-the-day’ called, “Love and Happiness.” In that song, one verse stands out: “Love and happiness… Love, it makes you want to do right…”

You see, only the word of God [Love] can overcome the works of the flesh [sin/selfishness] so that we can accomplish the plan of God in each of our lives…
it makes you want to do right…”

The Apostle John, who is the Bible’s own Head Curator of love; tells us in his letter: I John 2:15-17 how we can hang on tight to the love of God while the world-system crashes and burns all around us.

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Note:                                                                                                                                       “But he who does the will of God abides (lives/stays with Him) forever.”                So then, love is a choice, and an action that our very lives depends upon.

Yup, that’s ‘the power of love…”   Have a smile and visit with Rev. Al Green http://youtu.be/uPh-31TtEOI?t=2m21s

Be Blessed!








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